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This course examines philosophical issues that arise concerning the creation, interpretation and viewing of art, primarily though not exclusively in the western art tradition. Topics to be discussed include: what is the "aesthetic," and who is the best judge of it? Is good art beautiful? Should art be viewed dis-interestedly? Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? What is it to get at the meaning of a work of art? Is "public art" for individual expression of the artist or the viewing public, and if so, who counts as the "public"? How does new technology affect the meaning and experience of art?

Instructor: Angela Curran
Office: Skinner 217A
Office Hours: Tu 4-5, Th 1-2, and by appointment
Office Phone: x 2366
email: acurran@mtholyoke.edu